It’s an all-Wyoming weekend. The CSU men’s basketball will face
Wyoming Saturday at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena, the women’s team will be
in Wyoming to face the Cowgirls Friday at 7 p.m. and the CSU track
and field travels north to compete at the Robert Shine Invitational
in Laramie, Wyo., this weekend.
After last weekend’s dominating performance at the Air Force
Invitational, the Rams are content easing off the accelerator on
“We’re really gearing down this weekend,” head coach Del Hessel
said. “Not as concerned with the outcome as with running people in
Among those taking a diminished role this weekend are distance
runner Colleen Blair, sprinter John Woods and the top distance
runners. Blair will still run the 3,000-meter run, but will sit
through the 5,000. Woods also will only compete in one event, while
Dylan Olchin, Josh Glaab and Austin Vigil, three of the men’s
strongest distance runners, will not run this weekend.
The Rams continue to train hard, putting an emphasis on practice
because with a long season in front of them it’s easy to lose focus
early. The goal is to “keep in mind what you want to accomplish at
the end of the year,” Hessel said.
With Wyoming’s small, tight turns and short, flat track,
injuries are also on the forefront of Hessel’s mind. At the Academy
the Rams lost two talented freshmen to injuries. Collin Ferguson, a
talented multi-event athlete, and Drew Morano, the best 400 runner
on the team, each left Colorado Springs injured.
Morano pulled his hamstring for the third time in five months,
“I made it fifty meters and then it just popped, or whatever
muscles do,” he said.
Morano will likely be redshirted for the indoor season and
attempt a comeback as the outdoor season begins later this
Junior Ryan Lowen returns from off-season knee surgery this
weekend. He will make his first appearance of the season in the
The Rams head into the meet with a new look, a focused game plan
and the continued desire to win.
“We go with the intent to do as well as we can with what we put
on the track,” Hessel said.